A jacket that makes you run faster

Mar 24, 2014, 10:00 IST | Agencies

The jacket is controlled by an app, allowing the user to make adjustments and increase speed

London: Forget barefoot shoes and complex carbohydrates, the biggest improvement to your running times could come from this smart jacket.

The Glowfaster sports jacket syncs with a runner’s smartphone and then uses lights to indicate whether they are running at the right pace.

It can also make its lights flash in time to music to motivate runners to keep their pace and warns other pedestrians and vehicles of the runner’s whereabouts.

Ex-marine Simon Weatherall came up with the idea of the jacket, which has been designed by Joanna Kent, who has created clothes for Abercrombie and Fitch.

The company said: ‘Using our smart-jacket can help you train more instinctively. It allows you to sync your body’s biomarkers such as your heart rate, or measure speed versus target via GPS, letting you know when you are at your target.’

Mr Weatherall, who fought in the Iraq war, said he will donate 10 per cent of profits from the jacket , which will retail at £ 99, to the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund.

Glowfaster jacket features

>> Lights: The jacket flashes lights to indicate if a person is running at the right pace.
>> Built-in lighting strips can also flash in time to music to motivate a runner.
>> They are held in place with 'double >> ip attachments' that can be swapped with another colour or upgraded.
>> The lights are designed to help runners train more 'instinctively'.
>> Design: The jacket is designed by Joanna Kent, who created clothes for Abercrombie and Fitch.
>> App: An iPhone app works with the jacket to track a runner’s performance.
>> Runners can set goals, look at their biofeedback and stats from optional heart rate monitors.
>> Music can be controlled via the app and games like the Bleep Test are compatible.
>> Material: The jacket is waterproof, windproof, breathable and washable.
>> Cost: £99 with 10% of profits going to charity.

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